Communication Ethics

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Communication Sciences
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Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
Second semester
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Lesson (48 hours)

No prerequisite

Final Examination: 

Oral exam. During the text, the candidate has to answer to four questions, the first three will concern one section of the course each, while in the fourth one the candidate will be asked to elaborate a personal opinion, and link different parts of the course. To award a rating of the examination, 60% accuracy amd quality of responses, 30 % ability to motivate rewiews, 10 % abilities during exam.

Voto Finale

The course will underline the importance of the confrontation between different ethic points of view, sometimes anthitetic, since Antiquity and the central role of the communicative aspects of such confrontation. We will try to prove how a particular form of comunication rather than another influences the choices of society at all levels, proposing solutions not Always related to objective things. The aim of the course is to provide students with the tools to understand both the formal aspects of the speeches analyzed and to identify any ethical or ideological root.

The course will be divided in three different parts, each of approximately 16 hours. In the first part, we will analyse two classical philosophical currents, the Scepticism and the Cynism along with one religious current, the Manichaeism. We will illustrate in details what were the dynamics and the modalities through which such doctrines were presented to the world. In the second part, we will analyse some literary works that have the ambition to propose a peculiar prospective on reality; here as well the professor will focus on the decisive role of the communication in presenting a view that is not shared by the most. In the third part, the course will analyse actual footages of famous speeches by modern politicians who radically diverge in form and content. Last but not least, the course will not neglect the traditional cinematography and classic theatrical production, as far as they propose a clear and defined vision of the world and a well-defined form to present their vision.

Compulsory texts:

Platone, Ippia Minore
L.Ceri, Etica della comunicazione

Two texts of your choice:

V.Jankelevitch, La menzogna e il malinteso, Cortina
L.Lowenthal, I roghi dei libri, Il Nuovo Melangolo
G.Turnaturi, Tradimenti, Il Mulino
Z.Ciuffoletti, Retorica del complotto, Il Saggiatore

Lectures with video.

The professor is available to meet with students after each lesson, no date. Mail: